When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
Which of these two statements do you think describes our nation best?
- A nation lead by the righteous
- A nation ruled by the wicked
Well before we answer the question I think we need to ask an even more foundational question. What is righteousness? It seems today that opinions concerning morality of good and evil are as diverse as there are persons. And this has led to a profound problem for our nation. How do we decide upon laws that don’t favor one political point of view above others or create a bias towards a particular religion over other religions?
This kind of thinking has greatly crippled our nation as a whole. Justice is intrinsically tied to truth. However, our nation has not been a nation bent on knowing the truth and living in light of that, but rather a nation focused on equality. This is akin to getting the cart before the horse. And when the equality-cart gets in front of the truth-horse, we render both useless. We cannot discuss equality until we know truly what equality is.
- Is equality everyone having the exact same amount of power, resources, and influence upon a culture?
- Is equality everyone having the same results regardless of method?
- Is equality everyone playing by the same rules?
- Is equality everyone having the exact same environment, upbringing, and opportunity?
What does equality look like? If we begin with equality as the starting point it will be impossible to make progress because we are not all beginning from the same reference point. We must begin with truth and move from that knowledge to make an informed decision on what equality looks likes based upon the truth. The reason we must begin with truth and then move on to justice and equality is because good equality is dependent upon truth. There is such a thing as bad equality. If the murderer is given equal consequences as one who has not murdered then that would be a bad form of equality.
“Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.”
The Bible affirms this order, that equality must follow truth and not the other way around. But some will argue, you can’t begin with truth because none of us agree upon the truth. Well this is true, but this is also true concerning equality. Everyone cannot agree upon what equality looks like either but that has not stopped many from making this the starting point. What I am calling us to is some intellectual honesty.
Logically beginning with equality is not possible. Knowledge and more specifically belief must by necessity precede ones pursuit of equality for one has some form of belief about what kind of equality is right. So when someone tells us they are after equality apart from beliefs they are smuggling in their beliefs implicitly with their view of equality. And when they don’t acknowledge those beliefs at the door, they are guilty of hiding their agenda.
Our nation is filled with hidden agendas. That is, fundamental beliefs that are not acknowledged at the beginning. And sadly, these hidden agendas are what is currently driving this nation. Public schools are not acknowledging the beliefs that inform the teaching. News stations are not acknowledging their fundamental viewpoints that inform what, when, how, and where they cover their stories. Many politicians pretending they don’t have an agenda, goal, or beliefs that undergird all their choices in ruling.
The worst part is the Christian agenda has been the only agenda I am aware of that has been universally treated as if its agenda is hidden. Yet, Christianity is actually honest and forthright with its beliefs and agenda. Those both inside and outside Christianity know what her beliefs and agenda is. Which would you prefer, an honest agenda or a hidden agenda? Everyone has an agenda, but the agenda that does not acknowledge it beliefs at the door are the ones who are truly disingenuous and untrustworthy. And that is exactly what those who pretend equality is their starting point and claim that they don’t favor one viewpoint above another are disingenuous and untrustworthy. Of course they have an agenda. Everyone does, and that is true by necessity as already proven.
WHAT IS THE STANDARD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS?
My belief is, true righteousness and equality is what is defined by Scripture. I am a Christian and believe the Scriptures are truth from God’s own mouth and are therefore authoritative over all His creation. I know many Christians are hypocritical at this point. They say they believe the statement above, yet also say that is wrong to impose this thinking on others who believe otherwise. They would rather have our nation that they say is under God’s authority not be ruled by His laws because they believe we are a secular nation.
Secular- denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.
Which is it? Is our nation upheld, sustained, and under God’s authority or is it not under God’s authority? We cannot affirm both statements. We can affirm that a nation has believed a lie, that is, that they are secular. But we cannot believe Christianity to provide the true view of reality and then also believe in such a thing as a secular nation truly existing. That distinction is important. The sooner my Christian brethren acknowledge that everyone lives in the same reality, some just happen to be more deluded than others, the better.
Again, some may argue, “no, I believe that all nations are truly under God, but not all nations are made up of people who believe this truth. Therefore, we cannot pursue making God’s laws be the laws that govern the nation, because that is to make laws against the people’s will.” And to this I reply, “whose will do you believe is sovereign, God’s or man’s?” The truth is, laws will inevitably be made against the will of one, some, or many. That is the nature of laws. The question becomes, “who do we believe is sovereign?” Is might and power, majority rule, representatives, or God?
The Bible says, that civil leaders are “God’s servant” (Romans 13:4). Civil leaders are not servants primarily of the people, the strongest army, etc. Civil leaders are placed there by God to act on His behalf. Therefore, the Christian worldview does not allow us to believe in secular laws or nations. The Christian worldview doesn’t allow us to believe in anything truly existing secularly. Because everything was created by God and for Him (Colossians 1:15-18).
SO WHICH STATEMENT BEST DEFINES OUR NATION?
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
Having now established what righteousness is, we can now go back to the first question up above. Is our nation led by the righteous or ruled by the wicked? One of the ways we can answer that is to look at the description of both types of nations and see which one better describes our nation. Is our nation manifestly filled with glory or great rejoicing? Or is our nation filled with people hiding themselves, thoughts, beliefs, and actions? I think it is rather clear that our nation fits the latter definition. A quick glance at social media such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram is remarkably lacking the voices of many Christians who swear their allegiance to Jesus and yet won’t speak for Him.
I believe this is precisely because they have bought the lie that there is such a thing as a secular environment. And when the wicked leaders draw up all the lines of jurisdiction they continue to expand the kingdom of man (secularism) and seek to invade the Kingdom of God (everything). It started in entertainment, media, and schools and has quickly moved to everywhere including religious institutions. All the while many Christians believing the lie of the Beast in Revelation that they get their right to buy, sell, trade, and live from the state and not from their Creator. There is no sector or square inch of society that is not completely and entirely under the lordship of Jesus Christ. He has been given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). And as His ambassadors, it is our responsibility to speak of this lordship and call people to repentance and belief in Him (Matthew 28:18-20).
Sadly, there are also many Christians who believe in the lordship of Jesus Christ and make an orthodox profession in the denial of secularism. Yet, their problem is another entirely. They are afraid. And that’s why they hide. They are in a word, “cowards.’’ More afraid of man who can kill the body than they are the one who both destroy the body and soul. And for that reason, they are also fools. This does not bode well for such “Christians.” Revelation 21:8 says,
“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Jesus’ half-brother and Apostle James warns of a faith that doesn’t save and a kind of faith that does. The kind of faith that doesn’t save is the kind that is cowardly and doesn’t actually persevere in obedience to God. This kind of faith is of the flesh. Yet the faith that saves is a faith wrought supernaturally by the Holy Spirit and perseveres in obedience to the end.
My friend, I encourage you to live out what you believe and so prove that you are a child of God and not the Devil. Jesus Christ’s reign over all things is to put all things under His feet and in conformity to the Father. And when He returns He will take with Him all those who have persevered in their faith towards Him to a New Heavens and New Earth.
“And He (God) said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”